The minor embodies the core components discovered in the larger game design field. It offers a core of foundational studies with intermediate and advanced course options in game animation, game sound and music, or game design and development. Students pursuing the minor will be able to participate in game program events, special activities, game design competitions, and in most projects hosted in the Computer Game Design Research Studio.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: GAME

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15-16


GAME 101Introduction to Game Design (Mason Core)3
or GAME 210 Basic Game Design
GAME 230History of Computer Game Design3
GAME 400Game Design Practicum3
Select a two or three-course sequence from the following:6-7
Three-Dimensional Game Art I
and Three-Dimensional Game Art II
Online and Mobile Gaming
and Computer Game Platform Analysis
and Consumer Gaming Platform Analysis Lab
Music for Film and Video
and Writing and Editing Music and Sound
6-7 credits selected from GAME 200-499
Total Credits15-16